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Imagi Studios Announces First Astro Boy Licensing Deals

Imagi Studios has signed worldwide licensing agreements with American Greetings, Penguin Group (USA) Inc., Jazwares Inc., D3Publisher and IDW Publishing for ASTRO BOY, its upcoming CG-animated film based on the adventures of the superhero icon. The studio's agreement with American Greetings also extends to future Imagi films. ASTRO BOY, slated for domestic release on October 23, 2009, is being distributed worldwide by Summit Ent. except for Imagi's reserved territories of Japan, Hong Kong and China.

Universal Headline News

Studios Bid On Unannounced EA Dante's Inferno Game

In an unusually early bidding war, four studios are battling for a new videogame from Electronic Arts -- that hasn't yet been announced publicly, per VARIETY.

About a journey through the depths of hell, sources say the game is likely to be titled DANTE'S INFERNO, and while EA has cleared the title for use, it has not officially titled it. EA and its representation declined to comment Thursday evening.

Online Headline News

Aardman Adopts Escape Studios' Online Learning Tool

Animation studio Aardman has selected Escape Studios' comprehensive Maya courseware and online learning system to augment its in-house computer graphics training program.

An addition to Escape Studios' portfolio of prominent corporate adopters, Aardman's announcement comes three weeks after game developer Rare announced its decision to implement Escape Studios' online learning system. The online Maya program was developed by Escape's tutors and features HD content and an unprecedented learning experience.

Studios Headline News

Industry Veterans Headline Platinum Studios Advisory Board

Platinum Studios, Inc., an entertainment company that controls an international library of more than 5,600 comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media, announced that it is creating an Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is being formed to help further the company's pursuits of home video and theatrical distribution, marketing, and developing content for new media.

Studios Events

3D Biz-Ex 2008

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 11:00am
Begins: September 30, 2008

3D Biz-Ex will be held September 30-October 1 conference at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., effectively covering the broad range of 3D applications -- from the lens to the eye.

Headlining this large gathering of 3D professionals are several experienced and successful creators of live action and animated 3-D movies including: producer Jed Weintrob, Buzz Hays of Sony Pictures Imageworks, Domonic Paris, Gina Gallo and Mimi Maynard of Illuminata Pictures and Jason Brenek of Walt Disney Studios.

Online Headline News

Escape To 3D School Online

Escape Studios has launched a new online 3D animation course in HD. The revolutionary online platform allows students to become computer graphics experts from anywhere in the world and promises to open doors into the film, games and animation industries.

Escape Studios is also now open for business in New York.

Studios Headline News

3D Biz-Ex 2008

3D Biz-Ex will be held September 30-October 1 conference at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., effectively covering the broad range of 3D applications -- from the lens to the eye.

Headlining this large gathering of 3D professionals are several experienced and successful creators of live action and animated 3D movies including: producer Jed Weintrob, Buzz Hays of Sony Pictures Imageworks, Domonic Paris, Gina Gallo and Mimi Maynard of Illuminata Pictures and Jason Brenek of Walt Disney Studios.

Production Headline News

New GMs For Disney, Pixar Animation Studios

Disney animation exec Andrew Millstein has been named general manager for Walt Disney Animation Studios, and industry effects production veteran Jim Morris will take on a parallel role as general manager for Pixar Animation Studios

Both executives will be responsible for guiding overall operations of their respective studios, and will continue to oversee all aspects of production related to animated features, short films and special animated projects. They will report directly to Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.

Studios Headline News

Stoners, Sisterhood Can't Stop The Dark Knight

Winning the weekend for a fourth time, THE DARK KNIGHT continues to dominate against anything thrown against it, beating openers PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2 with $26.12 million (weekend ending August 10; actuals). The Warner Bros. film (vfx by Double Negative, BUF, Gentle Giant Studios and New Deal Studios) has a cume of $441.63M.

VARIETY reports that $31M of that total comes from IMAX screens alone.

Sony's PINEAPPLE EXPRESS came in second with $23.24M over the weekend and $41.32M in the entire Wednesday-Sunday opening.

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Third Mummy Rises, Can't Scare Dark Knight Faithful

Warner Bros.' THE DARK KNIGHT won the box office for the third week running, earning $42.66 million (actuals) for the week ending August 3 and $393.75M in total gross. The record-breaking Batman flick's vfx were by Double Negative, BUF, Gentle Giant Studios and New Deal Studios.

Brendan Fraser's third foray into haunted mummies, THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR (Universal, vfx by Digital Domain, Gentle Giant Studios, Giant Studios, CIS Hollywood, CIS London, Rhythm and Hues and Special Effects Atlantic) opened in close second with $40.46M.

Game Events

Develop Conference and Expo

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 11:00am
Begins: July 29, 2008

Video gaming masterminds David Braben (Frontier Developments), Damian Isla (Bungie Studios), Richard Lemarchand (Naughty Dog) and Phil Spencer (Microsoft Game Studios Europe) and top animator Andy Lomas (Framestore) will deliver keynote addresses at this year's Develop Conference and Expo, which takes place from July 29-31 in Brighton.

Studios Headline News

Virgin Comics, Perspective Studios Introduce Grant Morrison's MBX At Comic-Con

Virgin Comics and Perspective Studios will collaborate with acclaimed comics scribe Grant Morrison on MBX, a new intellectual property and animation franchise based on India's iconic myth The Mahabharata.

Morrison's re-imagining of the epic tale of two families at war and the fate of the universe that hangs in the balance features an ancient world fused with incredible technology and super beings. At San Diego Comic-Con 2008, animation for the project will get its first public look.

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To Save Gotham, Dark Knight Beats Pirates, Spider-Man

Winning the weekend and becoming the new all-time opening weekend box office champ, Warner Bros.' THE DARK KNIGHT earned $158.4 million (actuals) for the weekend ending July 20. That easily beats the $151.1M opening of SPIDER-MAN 3 last May and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST opening in July 2007 with $135.6M.

In addition, the domestic box office racked up more than $260M in ticket sales, making it the biggest three-day weekend ever in total grosses, per VARIETY.

Motion Headline News

Perspective Studios Opens In Los Angeles

Perspective Studios, a leading creator of animation and motion capture for feature film, television, commercials and video games, announced Tuesday the opening of a West Coast studio in Santa Monica, California.

In a significant expansion for the company, which also has state-of-the-art motion capture and production facilities in New York, the new facility will provide top-quality 3-D animation and motion capture on the ground in Los Angeles and support Perspective Studios' rapidly expanding portfolio of clients, production attachments and original IP.

Studios Headline News

Hellboy Recruits A Golden Army To Win Box Office

Universal's HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY won its opening weekend (ending July 13) with $34.54 million (actuals). The Guillermo del Toro-directed comic book adaptation had vfx by Double Negative, FB-FX, Filmefex Studio, Ghost ApS, Hatch Production, Lip Synch Post and The Senate Visual Effects.

HANCOCK, last week's winner, dropped to the number two slot with $32.08M and a two-week $164.42M gross. The Sony film's vfx were by Furious FX, Lidar Services, Sony Pictures Imageworks and X1fx.

Studios Headline News

Destroy All Cinematics: Brain Zoo Studios Goes Big At E3 2008

The work of Brain Zoo Studios will be showcased across the show floor at this year's E3. Fans anticipating the mysterious ALPHA PROTOCOL from Sega for the PC and next-gen consoles will be treated to a cinematic showcase produced by Brain Zoo Studios for the title.

Additionally, the highly anticipated Pandemic titles MERCS 2: WORLD IN FLAMES and the all-new DESTROY ALL HUMANS: PATH OF FURON CINEMATICS are on display in respective publisher booths, all animated by Brain Zoo Studios.

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Hancock Soars Above $100M On Holiday Weekend

Will Smith-led HANCOCK (Sony, vfx by Furious FX, Lidar Services, Sony Pictures Imageworks and X1fx) won the box office for the July 4 weekend, earning $103.88 million (actuals) in an extended six-day opening. The Friday-Sunday gross was $62.6M.

VARIETY pegs it as the third-biggest Fourth of July opener of all time after TRANSFORMERS ($155.4M in 2007) and SPIDER-MAN 2 ($152.3M in 2004). HANCOCK is Smith's eighth movie to open on top, as well as his fifth -- and most successful -- July 4 opening.

Universal Headline News

Oscar, Props, Costumes Showcased In New Universal Studios Hollywood Attraction

The 1973 Best Picture Oscar statuette for THE STING arrived via armored truck with police motorcycle escorts as Universal Studios Hollywood inaugurated its new movie memorabilia attraction, THE UNIVERSAL EXPERIENCE: BEHIND THE SCENES OF UNIVERSAL PICTURES, celebrating the Studios' historic movie heritage and the first-ever public Oscar display at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

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Disney-Pixar And Wall-E Win The Day, And The Box Office

Disney-Pixar's newest animated entry, WALL-E, won the weekend box office (actuals) with $63.088M. The lovable -- and critically hailed -- robot story is Pixar's ninth film, and their ninth box office opening win, which Disney President of Distribution Chuck Viane characterized as "one of the most envied track records in show business," according to VARIETY.

Design Headline News

North American Studios Win Big At Promax Awards

Design studios like bpg and Cuppa Coffee Studios were multiple award winners at this weekend's Broadcast Design Association/Promax Awards in New York.

The BDA Awards are regarded as the highest accolade for creative professionals in the broadcast design industry.

Cuppa Coffee has won more than 50 times over the past 10 years, including two Golds this year for Art Direction & Design: Topical Campaign for the Spike Scream Awards and the Art Direction & Design: Special Events Promo for the ESPN ESPY Awards.

Studios Headline News

Sorry About That, Myers; Get Smart Wins The Weekend

Warner Bros.' GET SMART won its opening weekend (ending June 22) with an actual $39.683 million gross. The Steve Carell-led comedy's vfx were by AFX Studios, Cinema Production Services, Eden FX, Gentle Giant Studios, Intrigue, LOOK! Effects, Rising Sun Pictures and RotoFactory.

Last week's big green winner, THE INCREDIBLE HULK (Paramount, vfx by Gentle Giant Studios, Giant Studios, Hydraulx, Image Engine Design, Lidar Services, Lola Visual Effects, Rhythm and Hues and Soho VFX), dropped to second with $22.136M and a two-week cume of $97.055M.

Animation Headline News

Master Class With Pixar's Andrew Gordon

Escape Studios will host a two-day animation workshop presented by Andrew Gordon, who is Supervising Animator on Pixar's new short film PRESTO at Pixar Animation Studios.

During the two days Gordon will cover all aspects of character animation craft in extraordinary detail. He'll review the basic principles, staging and pose design as well as advanced techniques for gestures, face and hand animation. He'll also be demonstrating the high-level polishing techniques used to lift a shot from being good, to being great.